Stylistic peculiarities of english slang

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION OF REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
MOLDOVA STATE UNIVERSITY
FACULTY OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSLATION, INTERPRETATION AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS

ANNUAL PROJECT
STYLISTIC PECULIARITIES OF ENGLISH SLANG

Submitted by: Antonevici Olga, gr. 263L
Research adviser:Corcodel Svetlana,
Seniorlecturer,MA in European Studies

Chisinau, 2010

Table of contents

1.Introduction………………………………………………….3
2. Stylistic Classification of the English Vocabulary……......4
3. An Attempt to Define the Term “Slang”………………….5
4. The Origin of Slang ………………………………………..8
5. Characteristics of Slang …………………………………..11
6.Stylistic layers of slang words …………………………….13
7.The reasons for the use of slang and itsstylistic value …15
8.Conclusion ………………………………………………....16
9.Bibliography………………………………………………..17

Introduction
My paper is devoted to the analysis of slang, its peculiarities, means of its creation and its use.
The main goal of my study was to prove that slang can fulfill real communicative functions and serve communicative needs. The novelty of my theme consists in the investigation ofthe stylistic peculiarities of the slang words in combination with their linguistic features.
The logic of the investigation prompted the following structure of the paper: a table of contents; an introduction; the body of the paper; conclusion; and bibliography.
The Introduction provides the main goal, tasks and objectives of the paper. It also includes the methods applied in the study andits practical application . It includes as well the structure of the paper and its short description.
The first subtopic refers to the general classification of the English vocabulary. The second subtopic of the paper gives a general overview upon the problem and states the main characteristics of „slang”. It dwells upon general knowledge about the phenomenon called „slang”. It also discussesthe issue of slang synonyms bringing to the attention their features, their usage and their connection with „slang”.
Being one of the most interesting linguistic phenomenon stylistically and lexically-the slang is at the same time very difficult to define, probably because of its scope and variety. Although much has been said and written about slang, no one has yet given a more or lesssatisfactory definition of the term, nor has it been specified by any linguist who deals with the problem of the English Vocabulary.
The third subtopic of the paper also gives a general overview upon the origins and periods of development of slang, the forth-the peculiarities of slang and formation of new slang words, as an attempt to scrutinize the most common word-building means in thenon-literary vocabulary system.
My work also includes some of the observations of my practical research. In the fifth subtopic I divided all the examples of slang words according to the stylistic layer they belong to . I observed that generally the slang words fall into a number of groups . In the sixth subtopic I explained the reasons for the use of slang and its stylistic value. It was veryinteresting to find out the different effects the use of slang words and expressions can produce on people. Finally I observed the peculiarities of use of different layers of slang in everyday life as well as in literary works.
In the Conclusion the most significant observations are mentioned as well as my own opinion towards the importance of slang in everyday life.
1. Stylistic Classification ofthe English Vocabulary

The word stock of any language should be presented as a system in order to classify all the existing words. For linguistic stylistics the special type of systematization is very important. We may represent all the vocabulary of the English language as a combination of three main layers: the literary layer, the neutral layer and the colloquial layer. The literary...
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